The new health-care law may loosen some of the requirements for people to qualify for state aid. Many of the individual states will be getting an overhaul to their Medicare, Medicaid, and other federally backed programs. The new law is set to go into effect in three more years. It’s suppose to widen the eligibility rules to include those who may not qualify under the present guidelines.
In the United States, the number of people who have health insurance dropped for the first time in over twenty three years. Over 6.5 million people have lost private health insurance coverage. The number of those who get state aid, such as Medicare, rose by more than 5.5 million. Individual states have staggering statistics; California, for example, has estimated they have seven million people who are uninsured.
When the new law goes into effect, it will allow more people to have state aid. California’s changes will allow individuals that don’t have children to qualify for coverage. It will cover around five million people, who as of now, have no coverage.
Research has shown that federal involvement last year in extending unemployment benefits is the only thing that kept over three million people from falling into the poverty category. Almost every group of people in every part of the United States has been affected, in some way, by the economic recession.
At this time, there are about 50 million people who are uninsured. That number represents almost 17 percent of the population in the United States.